Think the Grass is Greener (on the Other Side): Benjamin-Newton Studies

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Many people think they can use
Non-Christian Asian philosophies and religions
To justify their behavior
As they think they don’t have to have moral absolutes
And can still be spiritual

No major world religion or philosophy
Allows you to not address morality
And these ethical systems have similar basic rules as the Bible
If you follow the Ten Commandments or the Golden Rule
You will be close to following the most basic laws of most countries
And you will avoid most conflicts that you can avoid

What you give up when you leave Christianity
And still calling yourself a good person
Is the forgiveness of sins
You do not avoid being subject to the same laws or rules

What is different about Christianity
Is not what is considered evil
But that you have one clear God in control
Who is both good and merciful
(Also there are still hells in other major world religions)

In most of them you get after you die
According to what you did in this life
In Buddhism enlightenment is undefined
And Buddhism has hundreds of rules to follow
In Confucianism the entire topic is not covered by definition
In Taoism metaphysics are so vague they could mean anything
In Hinduism you never leave your caste even after reincarnation
And in Hinduism the true Self is the supreme entity

Christianity is also commonly
Added to and subtracted from
The difference is like in Islam
This is not accepted to be legitimate
You are to pick the entire religion
Or reject the entire religion as it stands

What Christianity can provide
That no other major world religion even claims
Is that you can have eternal life
If you turn from your sins and choose Christ
As the Lord of your life

Even though Christianity
Cannot legitimately be modified
By cultures or individual people
It is still the most geographically
And culturally diverse religion
And the most popular religion
In the world by sheer numbers

The only reason why Christianity
Is not more accepted is that it will not deviate
From the Bible on any issue

One of the major conflicts between Christianity
And the mainstream culture today
Is that we keep changing the definition of morality in our society
But our society is far from unified
And very inconsistent about its beliefs

Most the major cultural changes in America today
Reflect the economic conditions caused by the information revolution
But these ideas and their supporters are very fickle
Look how much changed because of a flu

Christianity already long since passed
Its heartland in the Middle East
Then found a home in Europe and then relocated to America
Which then passed it to the rest of the world
Today the heart of the Church is in Africa

No other major world religion has
Or could leave its original homeland
And still be a viable world religion

One of the biggest blocks for people
Accepting the Gospel today
Is the anti-supernatural bias
In the American world empire today
This cultural oddity about America and Europe
Is not a worldwide phenomenon

Africa in particular and the other most populous parts of the world are very religious
The supernatural world was and still is very relevant
To the vast majority of the world
And has been the vast majority of world history

It is ironic that those speaking loudest about multiculturalism in America today
Do not study the Bible
Do not learn languages that are not from Europe
And do not learn premodern or early modern history
The Gospel is the most agreed upon common experience
Throughout the poorest and most persecuted people groups
In the world today

What is the biggest problem in the world today
The most fundamental underlying problem in the world today is cruelty
One of the most basic concepts in ethics
Is being kind to others
It is a concept most of us learn
At a very early age

This is why Christianity is the best religion ethically
God is not just perfect, good, and powerful
He also accepts us as we are
And offers to make us better people

But He asks us to do the same for others
Forgiveness is one of the defining things
That is incomprehensible to the outside world
Everyone wants to be forgiven
But few want to forgive others who hurt them

(This is why I am a staunch proponent of the US Bill of Rights
Because it is about kindness and forgiveness)

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